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Proposal for Route 66 as a National Historic Trail

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A new proposal would designate Route 66, the mother road, that connected Chicago to Los Angeles, as a national historic trail. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Jim Inhofe recently introduced a bill that would amend the national trails system act in an effort to help revitalize cities and small towns that sit along the historic Route 66 corridor. The use of Route 66 dropped significantly after highways were built as part of the interstate system. It was decommissioned as a U.S. Highway in 1985.

Fatal Accident on Highway 44

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A Dill City juvenile female died from injuries sustained in a two vehicle accident yesterday on state highway 44, approximately 5 miles south of Burns Flat in Washita county. The Oklahoma highway patrol did not released the name of the juvenile female. But troopers say the juvenile was driving east on a county road and failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck on the passenger side as she entered state highway 44. OHP says the juvenile female was ejected when the vehicle rolled over. The driver of the other vehicle, 46 year old ThomasMorris of Weatherford was treated and released from Alliance Health-Clinton.

SWOSU Awards College of Pharmacy Heritage Award

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Members of the John Lassiter family of Del City were recently honored with the college of pharmacy heritage award at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. The heritage award recognizes a family with at least two generations of SWOSU pharmacy graduates who have demonstrated a commitment to the university, college of pharmacy and the pharmacy profession.

SWOSU Vocal and Choir Concert

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The vocal/choral division of Southwestern OklahomaState University will perform its second fall concert tonight in the Fine Arts center on the Weatherford campus. The free concert begins tonight at 7.

Weatherford City Commission Meeting

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The Weatherford city commission will consider several items when it meets this evening, including a solid waste hauling agreement with allied waste system, approval of the fiscal year 2019 budget, and an executive session. The commission meets today beginning at 5.

Washita County Special Election Vote Registration

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Friday, December 14th, is the last day to apply for voter registration to be eligible to vote in the January 8th Washita county special election. Election officials say voters will decide on the renewal of a 1 1/4% sales tax for five years. 40% of the funds are earmarked for the justice center, 20% for the general fund, 13.5% go to county fire departments, 12% to the OSU extension and 4-H programs, 8% to ambulance services, 4.5% to senior citizen centers and 2% to the county free fair and junior livestock show.

Weatherford Hospital Talks of Cutting Board Members


Members of the Weatherford hospital authority will consider action at a future meeting to reduce the number of board members from 9 to 7. The board, including member Brad Berrong, held discussion over the issue this week.


Berrong says many hospital boards consist of only five members. Chief executive officer Debbie Howe says with the SSM management team in place, it is believed it is not necessary to have a nine member board. The board is currently at 8 members due to a vacancy and the retirement of another board member in December will leave the board with 7 members.





Event at Clinton VA Center Tomorrow

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The public and veterans are invited to an event tomorrow at the Clinton VA center. The event, including a short program with students from Nance elementary, will be held tomorrow afternoon at 1:30.

Lt. General Thomas Stafford for 2019 General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award

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Lt. General Thomas Stafford has been selected to receive the 2019 General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award. The award is presented every spring at the annual space symposium in Colorado Springs and it recognizes outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through lifetime contributions to humankind through exploration, development and use of space. The award luncheon will be held April 9th.


XTO Energy Expands in Thomas


Custer county commissioner Kurt Hamburger says there is a wind generator project in the area that will include the installation of some 240 units.


Hamburger says oil and gas exploration continues in the north and northeast corner of district 2. He says XTO Energy has bought property and plans to expand and put a facility in the Thomas area.